Training Programs

We are Now Accepting Applications for our Winter Programs!

Each year, the Strait Area Chamber provides the business community across the region with between 15-20 certificate skills development programs.  Programs are offered in groups 3-5 times per year at convenient times. These provincially certified courses range in topics from Sage Accounting to Microsoft Office, to Business Leadership, and a host of other topics. Courses are chosen based on the needs of our members. They are all designed to increase productivity and growth in local businesses. And what’s more…. they are free!  Check out the course listing for this winter below! (All training programs are held at 609 Church Street in Port Hawkesbury unless otherwise indicated).


Contact us today to find out more or to register (email or call 902-625-1588).  Scroll Down for Course Descriptions!


Starting in January 2019!

Course Descriptions – Winter 2019


Social Media for Business (Level 1)

  • Facebook Business Accounts
  • Creating great posts for your business
  • Build and Track Brand Loyalty for your business
  • Tracking your insights and creating a success Plan
  • Advertising on Facebook
  • Create online strategies to engage your customers
  • Introduction to Social Media Management software PostCron

(This course requires you to have administrative rights to your Facebook & Twitter account if they exist and you will spent $10 in advertising. You MUST already have a personal Facebook account)


eCommerce Solutions for Small Business

  • Course Details and Concepts
  • Choosing an Ecommerce Platform, what are the options
  • Products. Creating a product model, sourcing, pricing, marketing, stock management
  • Customers. Migrating current customers, understanding your customer’s needs, choosing a CRM system.
  • Order Process. What business rules do you need to have in place, or change?
  • Platforms: Facebook Store, Etsy Store, Pinterest Store, Instagram Store, Twitter Store, Shopify Store, Kijiji Options, Drop Shippers and Bulk Digital Sales

(This course is for people who are looking to sell products online through existing eCommerce solutions)


SAGE Accounting (Level 1)

  • Foundations of Accounting
  • Accounts Receivable / Accounts Payable
  • Inventory and Services
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Year-End Procedures
  • Financial Statement
  • Setting Up your books for the first time or auditing a setup that is already in use

(This course is for people who are looking to increase efficiency and reduce time spent on bookkeeping in their business by using an electronic accounting system, and for people who need a variety of financial reporting tools)


Business 101 (Achieve Business Growth and Profitability)

  • Define your strategic position
  • Complete SWOT analysis
  • Identify your guiding principles
  • Define your positioning statement
  • Cultivate a safety culture throughout your business
  • Define key elements of a marketing strategy
  • Assess the competitive landscape
  • Define your product/service offerings
  • Develop & strengthen distribution channels
  • Assess your promotional strategy
  • Understand fundamental pricing terminology
  • Identify profitable pricing strategies
  • Assess your Cost of Goods Sold and profit margin
  • Define team building and characteristics of high functioning teams
  • Define fundamental HR practices
  • Principles of running an effective meeting
  • Prioritizing, delegating and effective time management
  • Define the project planning cycle
  • Develop work breakdown schedule

(This course is for businesses, especially trades-based businesses, to help them define strategies to help their businesses grow. This course creates stronger and more resilient businesses and forms part of the certification for the Atlantic Trade Business Skills certification for journeymen.)

MS Excel for Business

  • Business Tips and Essential Excel Tools
  • Creating Budgets and Forecasting
  • Creating Formulas / Absolute Cell Referencing
  • Creating Interactive spreadsheets for your business

(This course is for beginners or normal excel users who want to learn how to build effective spreadsheets for their company)


Course Descriptions – Future Offerings


Social Media for Business (Level 2)

Prerequisite:  Participants MUST have taken Social Media Level 1

  • Creating a YouTube Channel for your business
  • Creating and editing media
  • Creating and using a media manager for all your online content using PostCron
  • Creating and using a strategy for the 5 categories of posts

(This course requires you to have administrative rights to your Facebook & Twitter account and you will spend $20 in social media features)


SAGE Level 2


Prerequisite:  Participants MUST have taken SAGE Level 1

  • Managing Accounts Receivable
  • Managing Accounts Payable
  • Advanced Payroll functions
  • Bank Reconciliations
  • Preparing for Year End
  • Making Adjustments to Books

(This course is for people seeking in-depth practice on the modules above)


Leadership for Business (Level 1)

  • Create and Inspire Motivation on a Team
  • Define your Strengths
  • Hold a Difficult Conversation
  • Keys to Leading and Impacting Others
  • Motivating Others
  • Influence how others see you
  • Sharpen your elevator pitch

(This course is for people who are looking to build confidence, influence the way they are viewed by others, and influence the motivation of others)


Computer Tools for Business (Cloud for Business)

  • Free storage on cloud services
  • Automating backups to cloud
  • Sharing Documents via cloud services
  • Collaborating and group work via Cloud sharing
  • Creating pdfs
  • Free business apps
  • Office Suite and Open Office via the cloud

(This course is for people who are looking to find cost-effective ways to improve efficiency in their business – great for people on the move!)

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